standard ‘The Intern’ Brings Rats, Trash, and Congestion to Cheever Place–Or Not at All

"The Intern," starting Robert De Niro, is filming on Cheever Place in Brooklyn Heights (Photo by Matthew Taub)

“The Intern,” starting Robert De Niro, is filming on Cheever Place in Brooklyn Heights (Photo by Matthew Taub)

“The Intern,” an upcoming comedy currently filming on Cheever Place, has already received mixed reviews.

At least one resident reported excessive garbage and rats, presumably as a result of film crews eating on nearby stoops. But other block-dwellers pointed to many home renovations on the block, with attendant industrial waste roll off containers filled with debris and then topped off with bags of discarded food as a possible culprit (at least three building renovations were underway). Still more said the only problem was the crews’ activities making it hard to pass through the area. A final contingent, proud of the filming, reported no issues at all.

A garbage unit on Cheever Place (Photo by Matthew Taub)

An industrial waste roll off unit on Cheever Place (Photo by Matthew Taub)

“The’ve turned the place into a zoo,” said a Cheever Place resident who wished to remain anonymous. “They are eating on the streets non-stop, and for the first time there are rats. I have already had the exterminator come for the very first time and it cost me $200.”

Other residents reported no such issues (in a telephone interview, the anonymous resident clarified that it may have been a mouse). But congestion did make transportation a bit more challenging for some in the area.

“Whenever they come in to film, they tell everyone to move their cars off the road,” said another woman walking on the roadway Thursday afternoon. “And their trucks and their activities do make getting through difficult.”

A building on Cheever Place under renovation (Photo by Matthew Taub)

A building on Cheever Place under renovation (Photo by Matthew Taub)

But Anthony LaFace, a lifelong resident of Cheever Place (and with family roots in the area dating back to 1907), would have none of it.

“The only rats around here have two legs and call 311 non-stop, complaining about every little thing,” LaFace said. “Someone on this block called 311 eights times last month. The film crews are courteous, and they clean up after themselves. I’m happy to have them.”

A film crew truck leaving for the day (Photo by Matthew Taub)

A film crew truck leaving for the day (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Directed by Nancy Meyers, “The Intern” stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, and is set to premiere in 2015.

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